The game of hopscotch is one of the oldest games documented throughout history and is still played today. It is thought to have originated during the Roman Empire as a training activity for soldiers dressed in their armor to practice their footwork. Over the years it has been played by people of all ages and part of its appeal is that you can play hopscotch anywhere. It is highly likely that all of your favorite American Girl historical characters played hopscotch at some point!
For today’s activity have your dolls play hopscotch! It’s super easy to set up, easy to play and dolls of all sizes can play together. Using the printable below, I cut out pieces of construction paper and numbered them 1-10. I arranged them on the floor in the layout I wanted and put a small piece of tape on the back of each piece to keep it from slipping. The dolls used beads as their markers. In this photo we have Chrissa, Callie (MyAG 39) and Nicki.
Creating a hopscotch board for your dolls is super easy, but just in case you don’t have construction paper or chalk, today’s printable can be printed out a few times to give you enough pieces to set up a hopscotch board for your dolls in minutes. You can play the game inside or outside, too.
Do you know how to play? According to Wikipedia, the rules for hopscotch are as follows:
The first player tosses the marker (typically a stone, coin or bean bag) into the first square. The marker must land completely within the designated square and without touching a line or bouncing out. The player then hops through the course, skipping the square with the marker in it. Single squares must be hopped on one foot. For the first single square, either foot may be used. Side by side squares are straddled, with the left foot landing in the left square, and the right foot landing in the right square. Optional squares marked “Safe”, “Home”, or “Rest” are neutral squares, and may be hopped through in any manner without penalty. After hopping into the “Safe”, “Home”, or “Rest” the player must then turn around and return through the course (square 9, then squares 7 & 8, next square 6 and so forth) on one or two legs depending on the square until he or she reaches the square with their marker. They then must retrieve their marker and continue the course as stated without touching a line or stepping into a square with another player’s marker.
Upon successfully completing the sequence, the player continues the turn by tossing the marker into square number two, and repeating the pattern.
If while hopping through the court in either direction the player steps on a line, misses a square, or loses balance, the turn ends. Players begin their turns where they last left off. The first player to complete one course for every numbered square on the court wins the game.
Have a great doll day!
From aglover: Josefina went outside to play hopscotch she got the idea from 100 days of doll play.